Kanye might have started a genre battle by pitting the “artistry” of hip-hop against that of rock, but for many, lines need not be drawn. For nine years, the talents of one hip-hop master producer and performer have been good-naturedly celebrated by some of L.A.’s coolest alternative acts. Yep, California knows how to party when it comes to Dr. Dre’s birthday (his 49th this year). Led by bodacious, Cal Worthington–inspired punks Pu$$y-Cow, the lineup also includes fresh noise freaks Lysolgang, pop sloppers Payoff and the garage-y goodness of Johnny Madcap & The Distractions, all expressing themselves Dre-style. In between, there will be fun at the “Chronic” photo booth, and DJs spinning N.W.A and the Doctor’s disciples — presumably on Beats by Dre headphones.
Fri., Feb. 20, 9 p.m., 2015
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